The Co-Main Event Podcast

UFC 221 featured uncomfortable close talking, pantomimed public urination, an egregious eye poke & a dude chugging beer out of a shoe. In other words, we finally reached perfection. On this episode of the CME, Ben and Chad just lean back and take it all in. That includes Yoel Romero's knockout win over Luke Rockhold to capture the interim 187.7 pound championship and young guns like Curtis Blaydes, Israel Andesanya and Tai Tuivasa making themselves heard. In addition to that madness, your guys look ahead to both Friday's Bellator 194 and the phoenix that is UFC 222, rising out of the ashes with a fun little fight card for March 3. Oh yeah, and the PrideFC Drinking Game Challenge is scheduled and on the books. You bastards.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin' Stuff.

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Let’s just say UFC Fight Night 125 did not go off with flying colors Saturday from Belem, Brazil. From the mild controversy of Lyoto Machida’s split decision win over “Ya Boi” Eryk Anders to the slightly more egregious display of Valentina Shevchenko beating up Priscila Cachoeira, this event was one likely best forgotten. You know, just not until you listen to this episode of the CME. Ben and Chad take up all the topics of the moment stemming from UFN 125. Once that’s dispensed with, they look ahead to the main event of UFC 221, such as it is, where Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero fight for the interim middleweight title.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin Stuff.

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The biggest MMA news of the week arguably happened Sunday night, at the conclusion of WWE’s annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view. We all suspected Ronda Rousey might wash-up on WWE’s shores sooner or later but, boy, we didn’t expect the handshakes to be so awkward. Of course, Ben and Chad have to talk about Rousey’s conversion into a “full-time” WWE superstar as well as what all this might mean for any potential UFC return. In addition to that, they look at the recently announced superfight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier and speculate about why DC and Cain Velasquez are suddenly being so coy about a potential fight between the two of training partners. There’s also the middleweight division, which doesn’t figure to get any less tumultuous after last weekend’s Jacare Souza vs. Derrick Brunson fight or next weekend’s Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders bout.

All that, plus AYFKM, Just Sayin’ Stuff and MasterTweet Theatre.

Direct download: 291_master.mp3
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Stipe Miocic, you magnificent SOB. All the heavyweight champion did last weekend at UFC 220 was toss a bundle of dynamite on the tracks in front of the Francis Ngannou hype-train. In the process, Miocic retained his 265-pound belt for a record third time, potentially reversed the heavyweight title curse and put the spotlight on a simmering feud between Miocic and the UFC. Not too shabby for one night’s work. So, you know Ben and Chad are going to talk about that. In addition, they address Daniel Cormier doing Daniel Cormier things to Volkan Oezdemir in that fight card’s co-main event. Also, they breakdown Bellator 192, including Rory MacDonald’s welterweight title victory over Douglas Lima and Chael Sonnen advancing to round two of the heavyweight grand prix with a win over Rampage Jackson.

All that, plus, AYFKM, Tips for the Well-Rounded Fight Fan (no, really!) and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 290_master.mp3
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“No Time” to waste on this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast. And yes, that is both a clever play on words referring to Volkan Oezdemir’s upcoming light heavyweight title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 AND a reference to this being an extra-jam-packed week of MMA action. With UFC 220 and Bellator 192 both scheduled for Saturday night, Ben and Chad hope you guys have that picture-in-picture option on your television sets. So, for this episode of the CME, your dudes do a little mop-up on Fight Night 124, including what’s next for Jeremy Stephens, Doo Ho Choi and Paige VanZant. Then they look ahead to Rory MacDonald vs. Douglas Lima for the Bellator welterweight title, which was recently demoted to co-main event status to make way for Chael Sonnen vs. Rampage Jackson. Afterward, you better believe they get knee-deep in UFC 220, including Cormier vs. Oezdemir and the heavyweight title scrap pitting Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 289_master.mp3
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It’s never too early to start talking about Bellator MMA’s heavyweight title grand prix, that’s the Co-Main Event Podcast’s official position on the matter. With Chael Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson scheduled to kick of the Tournament of Absolute Victory on January 20, the CME begins considering the implications immediately. That way, next week the show will be free to discuss UFC 220’s two title matches as well as Douglas Lima’s Bellator welterweight title fight against Rory MacDonald. In addition to Chael vs. Ramage, Ben and Chad also talk about whether or not it’s starting to seem like Conor McGregor needs to shit or get off the pot and also whether UFC executive Jeff Novitsky really ought to be going on various internet radio shows saying he believes Jones did not consciously mean to cheat when he popped positive for Turinabol before his most recent scheduled bout against Daniel Cormier.

All that, plus AYFKM, Just Sayin Stuff and MasterTweet Theatre.

Direct download: 288_master.mp3
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Look, if we’re being honest here, Chad and Ben spend the opening five minutes of 2018’s first Co-Main Event Podcast talking about microwave ovens and stomach flu. So, if your New Year’s resolution is to put up with a lot less of their shit, you might want to just fast forward through that. If you want to start the new calendar turn off right, however, they swear they get straight into the MMA talk after that. On this show, your dudes talk about Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s first successful defense of her women’s featherweight crown, against Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 219. Oh, did you also hear the Jackson-Winkeljohn hanger-on went online afterward and called Cyborg a dude? Sigh. So they do talk about that, as well. In addition, there is plenty of discussion about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s beatdown of Edson Barboza and potential showdown with Conor McGregor. Also, the CME looks ahead to 2018 and what might happen in the UFC and Bellator.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Lorenzo Fertitta was gone: to begin with. There was no doubt about that. He’d sold his ownership stake and unfollowed the ring girls on Twitter and flown away on his private jet, richer than God and secure in the knowledge that he’d never have to learn how to spell Santiago
Ponzinibbio. Dana White watched him go. The UFC President was alone now, on Christmas Eve, with only his hardworking independent contractors still bustling around the office.

Thus begins the Co-Main Event Podcast's 2017 Christmas Spectacular. Gather round for a fable of mixed rules fighting, dear listener, and follow one sport's most powerful man as he explores his own past, present and future, hoping to discover the true reason for the season.

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Rafael dos Anjos’ dominant win over Robbie Lawler at UFC on Fox 26 was yet another reminder to the Co-Main Event Podcast (or, at least, one half of it) to stop sleeping on dos Anjos. At this point, your boy RDA shapes up as the consensus pick as No. 1 contender to Tyron Woodley’s UFC welterweight title. That actually tees Ben and Chad up nicely for this week’s show, wherein they discuss both dos Anjos’ win as well as the current awesome status of the welterweight “wilderness” (Ben’s word) and ask whether 170 pounds is the best thing MMA has going right now--even if Woodley doesn’t seem to notice. Oh, yeah, due to the impending Christmas holiday, this will be the last traditional CME of the year, so the guys talk about Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s upcoming fight against Holly Holm for the women’s featherweight title at UFC 219. Don’t fret, however, because the fabulous CME Christmas Special will still drop next week. What is that, exactly? That’s for Ben, Chad and Sir Nigel to know and you to find out.

All that, plus, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 286_master.mp3
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Brian Ortega snatched Cub Swanson’s neck (twice) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 123, perhaps along with it snatching future No. 1 contender status in the men’s featherweight division. This week, Ben and Chad search every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in T-City to break down how it happened. Oh, and did you hear Georges St-Pierre won’t defend the middleweight title after all? Sad but true. Don’t worry though, because Dana White is totally NOT MAD about it. Also, UFC on FOX 26 is this weekend, featuring Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos. So suffice to say there is a lot to talk about.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 285_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm EST